The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the epicenter was reported 400 kilometers southeast of the Loyalty Islands and about 430 kilometers from the sky.
The quake immediately triggered a tsunami alert from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
“Dangerous waves caused by this earthquake are possible in the next three hours“, He warned, waves of 30 centimeters and one meter can reach the beaches of Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu.
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Soon, authorities in Australia and New Zealand followed suit.
“Tsunami confirmedThe Australian Meteorological Agency has tweeted about the dangers of Lord Howe Island, located 550 kilometers east of Australia.
As part of that, the New Zealand Emergency Management Agency has issued a warning to people on the north coast of the North Island.
“We expect the coastal areas of New Zealand to be exposed to unusually strong currents and unpredictable rising waters.“, he said.
“People at sea or on the beach should stay away from beaches, beaches, harbors and estuaries and return home.“, He added.
French officials, on the other hand, have not yet issued a warning. “The expected wave may not exceed 30 cm“A source in the Foreign Ministry told AFP.
“But if this situation is to change we must follow the progress of the situation carefully.“, He added.
According to this source, the quake “Not realized in New Caledonia and the Islands of Faith. No material damage has been reported so far“, She clarified.
USGS was initially 7.9, then changed to 7.5 and then to 7.7.
New Caledonia lies about 1,500 km southwest of the Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.
The region, which includes New Caledonia and neighboring Vanuatu, is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the most intense seismic activity on the planet.
The Australian plate that supports the islands of New Caledonia and Loyalty falls under the Vanuatu arch and forms the Vanuatu moat.
In September 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake triggered a tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Celebs.
The disaster left more than 4,300 dead and missing and at least 170,000 displaced.
Another devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in 2004 killed at least 220,000 people, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.
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